Veteran ABC broadcaster Kerry O'Brien, who stunned the industry last month by resigning from The 7.30 Report, will move across to host Four Corners, it has been announced today.
The ABC said in a statement, released this morning, that:
"O’Brien will embrace a tradition that began with the legendary Michael Charlton and continued with names like Mike Willesee, Caroline Jones, Andrew Olle and Liz Jackson."
O'Brien hosted The 7.30 Report for fifteen years. In the 1970s and 1980s he was a reporter for Four Corners. The ABC is looking for ideas from the public on how to commemorate the program's fifty years of broadcasting, to coincide with the commencement of O'Brien's tenure in 2011.
"This is a great way for Four Corners to mark such a major milestone in Australian journalism of fifty years on air," ABC news director Kate Torney said in the statement.
O'Brien said that from his perspective, returning to Four Corners "will be like going home to the most enduring and respected name in Australian television."
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